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“Being mindful means deliberately paying attention, non-judgmentally, to the present moment,” says Harley Sears, a Consulting Hypnotist and member of The Center for Mindful Eating. “This is the opposite of distracted or 'mindless' eating—a behavior that has been linked to overeating, stress, and anxiety.” He explained that eating mindfully by eliminating distractions at meal time can help you to establish a more balanced and respectful relationship with food. “Adopting a more mindful approach to eating empowers us to make healthier choices,” he added. “Making eating healthier ‘easier’ by choosing to eat food that is both appealing to us and nourishing to our body by using all of our senses to explore, savor and taste—while freeing ourselves from unhealthy habitual patterns.”